Bill Hunt has entered the race for Sheriff against current OC sheriff Sandra Hutchens.Â Hunt seems to be making an issue over the politicization of the issuance of concealed weapons permits (CCWs).Â The corrupt,Â disgraced, former sheriff, convicted felon Mike Carona (who’s going to the big house later this month) usedÂ to issue CCWs to reward political cronies.Â
Hunt has a curious statement on his website about CCWs:
“I will issue concealed weapons permits (CCW) to any applicant who is a law abiding resident of the county, meets state mandated requirements and is not prohibited by law from possessing a firearm. I will depoliticize the process and establish an annual audit to review each application to ensure the process is unbiased, non-political and equitable.”
That’s funny, because in reviewing Sheriff Hutchens reports, I have the impression the process was already de-politicized.
Since Hutchens took office, here’s what she’s done with the CCW policy:
Currently there are 855 ACTIVE CCW Permits.
A year ago, there were 1069 Active Permits.
Â Hereâ€™s a closer look at the numbers behind the change:
Â 179 expired and never renewed
50 Elected to Expire per new Policy
45 Revoked per new Policy (No Response)
9 withdrew from the process
4 denied renewal due to non OC residency
7 Notified department of move out of county
5 revoked due to non OC residency
3 surrendered license prior to expiration (no longer needed)
7 revoked (no longer reserve, never reapplied as a resident)
6 revoked due to incident
50 Expired but renewing
In addition, there 48 new applications that have been submitted and are just in the early stages of the process.Â The notable revocation was Mike Schroeder’s permit (since reinstated?)Â and Adam Probolsky’s permit.Â Why either man feels the need to carry a concealed weapon is beyond me.Â Inadequacy perhaps?Â
The sherriff is not violating anyone’s second amendment rights.Â The CCW permit policy under her was not politicized as it was under Mike Carona.Â She’s following the law.Â Hunt is making an issue out of something where there’s no issue.Â He’s not running against Carona this time.
He makes an